What I didn’t know 190 days ago about what today would be like
July 30th is here and it is Arnold Schwarzenegger’s birthday. It is also an important day for soccer aficionados as that is when the first FIFA world cup was won back in 1930. On this day in 1962, The Trans-Canada Highway, which I have had the pleasure of road-tripping, the largest national highway in the world, was officially opened. All important things for sure. Back on January 21st of this year (190 days ago), I predicted that today would be a day I would be going over the big advances that would have occurred at the International AIDS Conference. I predicted many hugs would have taken place at the conference and that big scientific endeavors would come to light therein.
I sit here at home having returned from Australia, as I had predicted back in January. I did it. I managed to find funding to attend the conference and I also for the first time ever got to present at the conference. I made my hopes and predictions come true. I even managed to travel a bit and see the great Ocean Road and the Penguin parade-which was absolutely divine.
Sadly, I was correct about the hugs. Usually hugs are good at conferences. They serve as indicators of meeting up with old and new friends alike. At this last International AIDS Conference, there were many such hugs. However, there were also hugs filled with immense tears as conference attendees mourned those that were lost on the Malaysian flight downed over Ukraine. I didn’t see that coming. None of us did. At one point in the exhibition hall I passed by the Dutch booth and the sobbing intensely reverberated off one’s ears. I saw people locked in intense embraces gasping for air and a reason for what happened. I did not imagine such a scene playing out 190 days ago.
In terms of my other predictions. I also sit here a bit sick having somehow gotten a parasite infection in Australia. I never would have believed or predicted that aspect of my trip. How in the world did I get a parasite in Australia? I had found the food to be quite fresh. Yet, somehow the parasite came into my body. Thankfully, my son did not get it.
Back in January, I had predicted that today I would start planning my son’s upcoming birthday celebration. I actually did try to do that. However, because of my infection my heavy duty medications are weighing me down a bit. There is no way I can think of hosting 20 six year olds. Just the thought gives me a blinding headache and headaches and parasitic infections don’t go well together. Not much does really.
Nope. I would not have predicted being this sick. I didn’t. Life does take unexpected turns. Some good and some bad. Sadly. This time around it took some bad turns.
Looking forward to having happier predictions that come true.